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Top Doctors 2022: SLU School of Medicine Faculty Named to St. Louis Magazine List

by Maggie Rotermund
Media Inquiries

Maggie Rotermund
Senior Media Relations Specialist

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St. Louis Magazine has released its 2022 Top Doctors issue, revealing the area’s top physicians. The list includes 98 physicians from Saint Louis University School of Medicine across more than 40 different specialties. 

Top Doctors 2022
Nisha Mangalat, M.D., is an associate professor in pediatrics at SLU and a SLUCare pediatric gastroenterologist at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. 

SLU School of Medicine physicians are a part of SLUCare Physician Group, a member of SSM Health.

In addition to the physicians who made the Top Doctors List, the magazine also highlighted other work coming out of Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

At SLU’s Center for Vaccine Development, work on COVID-19 vaccine boosters continues in the lab of Daniel Hoft, M.D., Ph.D. 

George Grossberg, M.D., director of geriatric psychiatry at SLU, was interviewed about SLU research to help patients with Alzheimer’s disease, including deep brain stimulation, sleep apnea and communication and screening strategies. 

Ramona Behshad, M.D., an assistant professor of dermatology at SLU, founded Stylists Against Skin Cancer in partnership with the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, to educate hair stylists to identify scalp melanoma. 

Sarah George, M.D., professor of infectious diseases at SLU, was interviewed about how hospital systems in the St. Louis region collaborated to share vital information during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

For over 25 years Castle Connolly has been the leading provider of Top Doctors and Top Hospitals featured in magazines around the country. Castle Connolly has curated approximately 60,000 board-certified U.S. physicians and through its rigorous research process, only a hand-selected few have been awarded Top Doctor status.

The selected SLU physicians — listed by specialty — are: 

Adult Medicine 

Allergy & Immunology
  • Mark Dykewicz, M.D. 
  • Lisa J. Alderson, M.D. 
  • Philip Mar, M.D.  
  • Anthony Pearson, M.D.  
  • Steven C. Smart, M.D. 
  • Ramona Behshad, M.D.  
  • Nicole M. Burkemper, M.D. 
  • A. Mary Guo, M.D. 
  • M. Yadira Hurley, M.D. 
  • Daniel A. West, M.D. 
Emergency Medicine
  • Laurie Byrne, M.D.
  • Alan B. Silverberg, M.D.
Family Medicine
  • Matthew Breeden, M.D. 
Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • Alex Befeler, M.D. 
  • Christine Y. Hachem, M.D. 
  • Jennifer Palagiri, M.D. 
  • Brent A. Tetri, M.D. 
Geriatric Medicine
  • Julie K. Gammack, M.D. 
Hematology and Oncology
  • John M. Richart, M.D.
Infectious Diseases
  • Donald J. Kennedy, M.D.
Internal Medicine (General)
  • Marilyn Maxwell, M.D.
  • Bahar Bastani, M.D. 
  • Krista Lentine, M.D., Ph.D. 
  • Kevin J. Martin, M.D. 
  • Marie Philipneri, M.D., Ph.D. 
  • Thanh-Mai Vo, M.D. 
  • Aninda Acharya, M.D. 
  • Pratap Chand, M.D. 
  • Randall C. Edgell, M.D.  
  • Ghazala S. Hayat, M.D. 
  • Jafar Kafaie, M.D., Ph.D. 
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health
  • Shannon Grabosch, M.D.  
  • Gilad Gross, M.D. 
  • John T. Hoff, M.D. 
  • Brigid Holloran-Schwartz, M.D. 
  • Cherie A. LeFevre, M.D. 
  • Fah Che Leong, M.D. 
  • Leslie McCloskey, M.D. 
  • Mary McLennan, M.D. 
  • Dorothea J. Mostello, M.D. 
  • Diane M. Petersen, M.D. 
  • Amy J. Ravin, M.D. 
  • Mitul B. Shah, M.D. 
  • Andrew C. Steele, M.D. 
  • Michael Thomure, M.D. 
  • Tracy M. Tomlinson, M.D. 
  • Bradley Davitt, M.D. 
  • Sean Edelstein, M.D. 
  • Gabriela M. Espinoza, M.D. 
  • Rafif Ghadban, M.D. 
  • George T. Grossberg, M.D.
  • Joseph Espiritu, M.D. 
  • Ravi P. Nayak, M.D. 
  • David Stoeckel, M.D. 
  • Keith Pereira, M.D.
  • Kirubahara Vaheesan, M.D.
  • Terry L. Moore, M.D. 

Pediatric Medicine 

Pediatrics (General)
  • Joshua D. Arthur, M.D. 
  • M. Susan Heaney, M.D. 
  • Gene LaBarge, M.D. 
  • Elisa Pincus, M.D.
Pediatric Adolescent Medicine 
  • Victoria Cornelius, M.D. 
Pediatric Allergy and Immunology 
  • Alan P. Knutsen, M.D. 
Pediatric Cardiology
  • Robert Petersen, M.D. 
  • Renuka Peterson, M.D.  
  • Jamie S. Sutherell, M.D. 
Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Charles B. Huddleston, M.D.
Pediatric Dermatology
  • Elaine Siegfried, M.D. 
Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • James Gerard, M.D. 
Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Susan Myers, M.D.
Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • Nisha Mangalat, M.D. 
  • Jeffrey Teckman, M.D. 
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
  • Deepika Bhatla, M.D. 
Pediatric Medical Genetics
  • Stephen R. Braddock, M.D. 
Pediatric Neurology
  • Glen Fenton, M.D. 
  • Sean Goretzke, M.D. 
  • Himanshu Kaulas, M.D.
Pediatric Nephrology
  • Anne Marie Beck, M.D.  
  • Craig W. Belsha, M.D. 
Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • Adrienne Childers, M.D. 
  • Dary J. Costa, M.D. 
Pediatric Pulmonology
  • Gary M. Albers, M.D. 
  • Brent Haberman, M.D. 
  • Blakeslee Noyes, M.D. 
  • Michael Smiley, M.D.
  • Kurtis Sobush, M.D. 
Pediatric Rheumatology
  • Austin Dalrymple, D.O. 
Pediatric Urology
  • Barry Duel, M.D. 


Surgery (General and Oncologic)
  • Eddy Hsueh, M.D.
  • Grace Montenegro, M.D. 
  • Richard Bucholz, M.D. 
Orthopedic Surgery
  • Thomas J. Fox, M.D. 
  • David Greenberg, M.D. 
  • Scott Kaar, M.D.
  • Howard Place, M.D. 
Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
  • John F. Eisenbeis, M.D. 
  • Joshua Hentzelman, M.D. 
  • Anthony Mikulec, M.D. 
  • Thomas Sanford, M.D. 
Thoracic Surgery 
  • Keith S. Naunheim, M.D. 
Transplant Surgery 
  • Henry Randall, M.D. 
  • Sameer Siddiqui, M.D. 
Vascular Surgery 
  • David Han, M.D. 

Every year, Castle Connolly surveys tens of thousands of practicing physicians across the United States to ensure its list always reflects the latest in quality care. After a doctor is nominated, a physician-led research team begins their work to screen each doctor and confirm whether he or she meets Castle Connolly standards.

Castle Connolly evaluates several criteria when selecting Top Doctors, including professional qualifications, education, hospital and faculty appointments, research leadership, professional reputation and disciplinary history. Where available, the firm includes outcomes data in its research. Castle Connelly also asks doctors to consider not just the training and clinical skills of the physicians they nominate, but also interpersonal skills such as listening and communicating effectively, demonstrating empathy, and instilling trust and confidence.